Urban Revitalization of the Jhelum Riverfront

A socio-cultural approach for urban conservation Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India, 2011 In samenwerking met the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage, Jammu & Kashmir Chapter Thesis voor het Raymond Lemaire Centre for Conservation van de KU Leuven

A SOCIO-CULTURAL APPROACH FOR THE URBAN REVITALIZATION OF THE JHELUM RIVERFRONT IN SRINAGAR

The western idea for the need of conservation of historical monuments and urban heritage does not apply to a city in development like Srinagar. The socio-economical and the culture are completely different. A need for conserving the vernacular heritage is uncommon among the local inhabitants, as their economical situation does not allow them to put money in proper maintenance of their houses. It is because of this that an alternative strategy to preserve and conserve the Historic urban heritage of the Jhelum Riverfront in Srinagar need to be found.
MAPPING THE LAYERS OF THE URBAN LIFE IN THE CITY

In order to analyse more in depth the urban life in the centre of Srinagar city, a methodology of urban nodes is used. This methodology identifies the socio-cultural centres and sub-centres of the urban structure in the historical centre of Srinagar.
In this way it is possible to define an urban area like the centre of Srinagar as a collection of centres and sub-centres which are linked together. In the schematic method for mapping the socio-cultural life in Srinagar, these ‘centres’ and ‘subcentres’ are represented by circles and the connections that are linking the different centres to each other are represented by lines connecting two dots.